Lincoln Center Out of Doors, NPR Music Presents: Turning the Tables Live
Wednesday, July 26th
Damrosch Park Bandshell
One wouldn’t have to go far if you wanted to enjoy some of the greatest female musical works of all time on a perfect summer night in New York City. All you needed to simply do was attend last week’s spectacular outdoor Turning the Tables Live concert!
Turning the Tables was a live celebration of NPR‘s selection of the 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women. The extraordinary show at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park Bandshell, featured performances by Ronnie Spector, Nona Hendryx, Lizzo, Gaby Moreno, Alynda Segarra, and TORRES, all playing selections from the carefully chosen list.
The night started with an opening set by the incomparable Rickie Lee Jones, in which she played her lionized Pirates album in full. This was then followed by the astounding lineup of beloved artists, revolving on and off the stage, performing various covers of classics that spanned from 1964 up until the present.
The numerous performances included Aretha Franklin anthem “Respect”–powerfully delivered by Lizzo, Roberta Flack’s 1969 hit “Angelitos Negros”, sung by Gaby Moreno, Stevie Nicks “Nightbird” –performed by Nona Hendryx, The Carpenters’ “Sometimes”, done by the amazing TORRES, Lauryn Hill’s “Ex Factor”, performed by Lizzo, Selena’s “Como La Flor” played by Alynda Segarra and the list went ever so thankfully on. From Joni Mitchell’s Blue–“A Case Of You” was also performed by Moreno, as well as Lucinda Williams’”Drunken Angel”, performed by Segarra.
The magical musical evening wrapped with Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” and The Ronettes “Be My Baby” by the one and only Ronnie Spector.
The show was the first of four LIVE collaborations between Lincoln Center and NPR as part their multi-platform, yearlong Turning the Tables project. How grateful we were to be there for it!
Photos by Toktam Tayefeh